EDF Renewable Energy and Santee Cooper on Nov. 21 dedicated the Pinelands Biomass project, which consists of two nominal 17.8-MW facilities, for a total capacity of 35.6 MW, located in Allendale and Dorchester counties in South Carolina.
The Dorchester facility achieved commercial operation on Nov. 1, while Allendale followed on Nov. 19. The two projects interconnect to Santee Cooper’s transmission system adjacent to the sites with the generated renewable energy contracted to the utility under 30-year Power Purchase Agreements.
“Biomass is poised to be a key renewable base load energy resource for South Carolina and we are pleased to work with Santee Cooper on this excellent opportunity to produce economically attractive renewable energy,” said Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF RE, in a Nov. 21 statement. “Utilizing wood waste to generate electricity is a proven renewable technology that complements EDF Renewable Energy’s robust portfolio of wind, solar and biogas projects in North America.”
“Santee Cooper was the first utility in the state to deliver electricity to all our customers from new renewable resources 12 years ago,” said Santee Cooper President and CEO Lonnie Carter. “Today represents a new milestone for us and for South Carolina. The partnership forged with EDF Renewable Energy helps advance Santee Cooper’s role as the state’s leader in generating renewable energy.”
The projects use a well-proven biomass design with a stoker boiler, supplied by Factory Sales Engineering and a steam turbine generator supplied by General Electric. Bibb Engineers is the engineer of record and Summit Industrial Construction is the general contractor. EDF Renewable Services will provide long-term operations and maintenance.
EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer that specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with a presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. Its portfolio consists of 4 GW of developed projects with 1.9 GW of installed capacity.
The state-owned Santee Cooper, also known as the South Carolina Public Service Authority, is South Carolina’s largest power producer, the largest Green Power generator and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state.